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Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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88
very good

590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 39
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted grains, beechwood smoke,and coffee accompany a full bodied-and sweet chocolately malt character. Smoke & Dagger uses locally grown unmalted barley from MA.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: mduncan on 07-29-2011)
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4/5  rDev +2%

08-06-2012 16:04:05 | More by trevorpost
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

08-03-2012 20:27:57 | More by BelJen
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown in color, hazy

Smell: smoke and dark chocolate

Taste: smoky malt dominates with a nice mixture of dark chocolate and some milk chocolate

Mouthfeel:sweet and smoky with light earthy bitterness, medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: Nice and chocolaty rauch. Ranks right up there with the best I have had being produced in the states. The chocolate element distinguishes this beer from others in the category. Probably my second favorite from the brewery only behind Leisure Time lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:35:33 | More by tigg924
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a huge creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of bread and chocolate mostly with a hint of smoke and coffee. The flavor has little bit more roast and coffee than I expected. Huge notes of chocolate and caramel in each sip with a light smoky essence in the background. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Very flavorful, smooth easy drinking dark lager. Its nice that they didn't go overboard with the smoked malt like everyone seems to be doing these days.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:29:02 | More by johnnnniee
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-28-2012 13:44:43 | More by luvbier
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Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four-finger foamy head pours milk chocolate in color. Brew is thin black. nice lacing too.

Tons of heavy campfire smoke. Raisin. Milk Chocolate. Char. Leather.

Very bitter. Licorice. Good carbonation. Leathery smoke.

Not smooth or refreshing. I figured it'd be great for a hot summer day, but it didn't quite hit the spot. Good, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:18:53 | More by chugalug06
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-18-2012 22:45:05 | More by monitorpop
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues. Good clarity. Khaki-colored head is large and creamy looking. Retention is decent. Rings and spots of lacing.

S: Layered chocolate scents of cocoa, dark chocolate, and bakers chocolate. Faint cola and vanilla bean. Distinct beechwood smoked malts: smoked meat/campfire scents with a slight metallic edge. Slightly woody. Spicy hop character is hard to place.

T: Cola is the first apparent taste. Bitter dark chocolate is followed closely by a creeping tide of smoked malt flavors. Smoke, beef jerky, slight metallic twang. Slightly acrid roasted malt tastes almost get lost in the smoke. Smoke subsides eventually. Cocoa powder, slight caramel in the background. Cola, light caramel, and woody smoke in the finish.

M: Moderately heavy in body with a milky, velvety texture. Very smooth. Moderate carbonation. Rich and filling in the mouth. A great mouthfeel, and a lot like a good schwarzbier.

O: Not as complex as I was expecting, but still good and highly drinkable. Really love the mouthfeel. Definitely something to experience, I can't think of any other American breweries doing a beer like this. Easily worth a buy, especially at the very fair price of $2.99 a bottle (the four pack is even more economical).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 04:57:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Reissdorf stange. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, 2.5 inch, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly fizzes down to an 1/8th inch cap. Thick, textured swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses hints of chocolate and roast with the merest suggestion of smoke towards the back end. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off a bit watery and closer to a Schwartzbier than a Rauchbier in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light in body and starts off with an almost silky feel at the tip of the tongue, but quickly yields to a more watery consistency. Carbonation is assertive without being prickly or gassy. Overall, this beer is lacking in the smokiness I've come to associate with the style, and I'm actually okay with that - I didn't realize this was a Rauchbier when I purchased it. That said, a decent brew, but definitely closer to a Schwartzbier than a Rauchbier and there are better examples of Schwartzbiers out there if that is what you are looking for.

Serving type: bottle

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New Brunswick (Canada)

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2012 03:32:39 | More by ms11781
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

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stonermouse

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a standard pint glass from the bottle.

Pours a nice dark chocolate color, with a puffy yet fast-receding head.

Aroma is mild, and doesn't reveal much in the way of smokiness. It's a farely benign porter-coffee aroma, clean with little booze or other interference.

The flavor is quite clean and neat, and showcases a couple of very specific flavors. The smokiness is mild, in flavor and in potency, but it's there and is complementary to the other primary flavor, a sort of mocha coffee. It all works together in mellow fashion but quite nicely.

Again, these guys have a good thing going with their lagers here, as they plow in some serious flavors to their beers, but everything finishes clean and washes away quite nicely. Nice, smooth mouthfeel here.

Another excellent offering from Jack's Abbey. A fine introduction to the more potent Rauchbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:43:29 | More by stonermouse
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle part of a 4-pack. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A- Pours an opaque slightly brown dark black with lots of carbonation, a big two-three finger foamy/pillowy light brown mocha head with good retention. Spotty lacing.

S- Mostly smoked malts, smoked bacon, cured ham, a little bit of earthy/grassy notes in the background. Fairly aromatic.

T- Smoked malts (not as intense as the smell), a little bit of caramel, brown sugar, nice balance between the sweetness and the smokieness. Lightly sweet aftertaste. Taste is pleasant, but a little lacking in intensity compared to the aroma.

M- Light, slightly creamy, big head adds a nice fluffy feel when drinking, carbonation not as apparent as in appearance, drinks smoothly, abv well hidden.

O- This was a good smoked beer from Jack's Abby. I didn't like it nearly as much as Hoponius Union. It is one of the better rauchbiers I've had but definitely not the best. The beer is very easy to drink has a nice aroma, a well-balanced taste, and a pleasant feel. The only thing it could have used a tiny bit more of is a little bit more flavor. Other then that this beer was definitely a good quality rauchbier. At $11.50 for a 4-pack of 500ml bottles (or $3.25 for a single) you can't go wrong. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:19:00 | More by jaasen64
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About $2.50 for a 500ml bottle. Can't beat that.

A: Deep brown with a very light brown, fluffy head. Big & bubbly but it fades into little lace and retention.

S: Smoky, peaty, earthy, roasted malt. Burnt sugar.

T: Delicious, slightly sweet, roasted, smoked malt.

M: Super smooth, tons of flavor, and an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: All that adds up to one really good beer. Jack's Abby does it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:12:32 | More by Gatch
Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.